Folakemi Odedina, Ph.D.

Folakemi Odedina


Pharmacotherapy and Translational Research

OFFICE: 6550 Sanger Road, Orlando, FL 32827


PHONE: (407) 313-7022

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  • Ph.D. Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
  • B.S. Pharmacy, University of Ife, Nigeria

Biographical Sketch

  • Director of University of Florida Health Cancer Center Cancer Health Disparities

Folakemi Odedina works on the development of a predictive behavioral model of prostate cancer disparities among Black men and the implementation of cost-effective, community-based intervention programs in minority and underserved communities.

Odedina’s research program focuses on the predictors of health disparities and cost-effective, community-based behavioral interventions to improve the health of Black men. She has directed more than 20 research projects, including: (1) the Florida A&M University Center for Minority Prostate Cancer Training and Research (CMPC), which comprises a trans-disciplinary team of clinical, behavioral and basic scientists; and (2) a landmark Department of Defense prostate cancer research project which accrued over 3,000 Black men in Florida. Her initiatives include the Men’s Health Initiative and the Black Men’s Health Consortium in Florida.

Odedina’s research traverses across the world with an international consortium group in Africa, Caribbean Islands, Europe and the United States. She has received numerous awards for her work, including the 1st American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacy/ Association of Black Health-System Pharmacists Leadership Award for Health Disparities (2009); American Association for Cancer Research – MSI Faculty Award in Cancer Research (2007, 2002, 1998); US Fulbright Scholar award (2006 – 2007); Role Model Award Citation by Minority Access Inc (2005); and Association of Black Health-system Pharmacists Research and Publication Achievement Award (2004). She is also noted in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering publications. Odedina currently serves on several international, national and state initiatives for cancer.


  • Rho Chi
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Public Health Associatio
  • American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmac
  • American Pharmaceutical Associatio
  • International Society of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research (ISPOR
  • African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC
  • West-Africa Prostate Cancer Consortiu
  • African-Caribbean Cancer Consortium

Research Interests

  • Health Behavior
  • Health Outcomes
  • Health Disparities
  • Prostate cancer prevention and detection
  • Cultural Competency


Odedina FT, Gagne GA, LaRose-Pierre M, Emanuel A, Scrivens J, Adams AA, Pressey SA, Odedina AO. Within-group differences between native-born and foreign-born Black men on prostate cancer risk reduction and early detection practices. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 2010. Submitted, Final revision under review.
Folakemi T. Odedina, PhD

Nnodu O, Erinosho L, Jamda M, Olaniyi O, Adelaiye R, Lawson L, Odedina FT, et al. Knowledge and attitudes towards cervical cancer and human papillomavirus: a Nigerian pilot study. African Journal of Reproductive Health. 2010 Mar;14(1):95-108.

Odedina FT, Scrivens J, LaRose-Pierre M, Emanuel A, Adams AA, Gagne GA, Pressey SA, Odedina AO. Modifiable Prostate Cancer Risk Reduction and Early Detection Behaviors in Black Men. American Journal of Health Behavior, 2010. Forthcoming, in press.

Odedina FT, Scrivens J, Larose-Pierre M, Emanuel F, Adams A, Dagney G, Pressey S, Odedina AO. Do Black men’s health and cultural beliefs affect prostate cancer prevention and detection: A report to the Community. Florida A&M University Tallahassee Florida. A U.S. Department of Defense CDMRP Research Programs W81XWH-07-1-0026 project. 2010.

Odedina FT, Akinremi TO, Chinegwundoh F, Roberts R, Green LB, Rivers B, Yu D, Reams RR, Freedman ML, and Kumar N. Does the prostate cancer disparities seen in US Black men follow the path of the Transatlantic Slave Trade? Infectious Agents and Cancer. 2009, 4 (Suppl 1):S2.

Dr. Odedina on Cancer Care in Africa